The hunt for runaway criminal suspects can have members of the U. S. Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force circling the globe.
The task force is made up of members of about a half-dozen state and local law enforcement agencies who have been deputized to work along with federal agents.
Together they work to track down some of the area’s most-wanted and, often, most-dangerous fugitives.
Many times, that can mean looking beyond our borders.
"When it comes down to fugitives who are trying to flee, their main purpose is not to be found,” said Christopher Bozeman, public information officer for the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. "If you have an individual who has the means to go to another country, of course they will try to get away and go away as far as they possibly can.”
Recently, a task force investigation led agents all the way to Costa Rica.
Bozeman said Brandy Romano, 35, and her husband Raymond, 42, were found last May, hiding in the Central American country after fleeing San Antonio.
He said the couple is accused of kidnapping Brandy Romano’s two sons, who were in the care and custody of their father.
Local agents contact their counterparts in Costa Rica to make the arrest, Bozeman said.
A judge there then ordered the Romanos to leave the country, and they were arrested when they returned to U. S. soil, he said.
In another case, a woman who had been wanted in San Antonio for more than three decades was located in Michigan.
According to a news release, Kathlyn Huff, 58, disappeared after her 1977 indictment in connection with the attempted murder of a man on San Antonio’s East Side.
Huff was located in Farmington Hills, Mich., living a new life under a new name, Kathlyn Rose, the release stated.
Agents believe Huff was able to elude capture due to her name change, the release stated.
"A lot of times, the time is on the side of the fugitives,” Bozeman said. “The fugitives are usually two and three steps ahead of us. Why? Because they knew that they were going to be on the run long before this warrant even came out. So we have to mindful about collecting as much information as possible."
One source that task force members rely is the public.
Bozeman said even the smallest tip can pay off in a big way—by leading agents to a wanted person.
"We do get a lot of help from the public. And that's why it's very important for the public to know that when we ask for assistance, we really need it,” Bozeman said.
To report information to the U. S. Marshal’s Service’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force or any local agency, call 210-225-TIPS (8477).
Text messages can also be sent to TIP 411 (847 411), with the words, “Lone Star,” typed in the message area.